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Valeriia Maksiuta
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Maksiuta at the 2012 Olympics

Nickname

Maksi

Country represented

Flag of Israel Israel

Former countr(ies) represented

Flag of Ukraine Ukraine

Born

September 27 1987 (1987-09-27) (age 29)
Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, USSR

Club

Maccabi Zafon

Coach(es)

Diamov Tamava, Aaron Litvin

Current status

Retired

Valeriia Maksiuta (Ukrainian: Валерія Максюта, Hebrew: ולריה מקסיוטה‎) is a retired artistic gymnast who represented Israel since 2007.

Early Life

Maksiuta started training at the age of five. Her first coach was Ludmila Fassuta. In all of her sports career in the Ukraine she trained at a physical educatio school for children and youth. At the age of 13 she became a professional athlete. For 6 years she was part of the Ukrainian national team.

In 2005, after winning first place at the 2005 Maccabiah Games, she received a proposal to join the Israeli national team. Two years later she received another proposal, from Maccabi Tzafon's owner, Aaron Litvin, to join his club and represent the Israeli national team. This time she accepted the offer and immigrated to Israel.

After moving to Israel, had good achievements in the international scene representing Israel, with help from her coach in Ukraine Oksana Slyusarchuk and her choreographer Oksana Omelianchik. She continues to train with them when she returns to Kiev.

Career

Pre-Israel (2001-2007)

Maksiuta won a bronze medal on the uneven bars at the 2001 Ukrainian Championships.

In the 2005 Maccabiah Games, she won gold medals in the all-around, the balance beam and the floor exercise as well as a bronze medal on the uneven bars. She won another gold medal on the balance beam at the 2005 Ukrainian Championships. She competed at the 2005 Stella Zakharova Cup, winning gold medals in the all-around and on the vault as well as a bronze medal on the balance beam.

A year later she competed at the 2006 Stella Zakharova Cup and won a gold medal on the vault.

In 2007, she won another medal on the vault at the 2007 Stella Zakharova Cup, this time silver, as well as a silver medal on the balance beam at the 2007 Voronin Cup.

2009-2010

In the 2009 Maccabiah Games, Maksiuta won silver medals in the all-around and on the uneven bars, as well as a gold on the vault. At her first Israeli Championships, in 2009, she won a silver medal in the all-around. At the 2009 Stella Zakharova Cup she represented Israel and won a gold medal on the balance beam, a silver medal in the floor exercise and a bronze medal on the uneven bars. At the 2009 Scherbo Cup, she won a bronze medal on the vault. At the 2009 FIG World Cup she won a bronze medal on the uneven bars.

In 2010 Maksiuta only won 3 medals, a silver medal on the balance beam at the 2010 Scherbo Cup and another silver medal on the balance beam as well as the bronze medal in the all-around at the 2010 Voronin Cup.

2011

In 2011, Maksiuta won a lot of medals. At the 2011 Belarus Cup Open she won gold medals in the all-around, on the balance beam and on the vault, as well as a bronze medal in the floor exercise. At the 2011 Israeli Championships she won silver medals in the all-around, on the vault, on the uneven bars and in the floor exercise, as well as a gold medal on the balance beam. At the 2011 Scherbo Cup she won gold medals in the all-around, on the vault, on the balance beam and in the floor exercise while at the 2011 Voronin Cup she won a gold medal only on the vault, as well as a silver medal on the balance beam and bronze medals in the all-around and the floor exercise.

She also competed in the FIG Challenger Cups. In Grand Prix Ghent she won a silver medal on the vault. In Grand Prix Maribor she won a gold medal on the vault and silver medals on the uneven bars and balance beam. In Grand Prix Osijek, she won a gold medal on the vault and a bronze medal on the balance beam. In Grand Prix Ostrava she won gold medals on the vault and the balance beam as well as a bronze medal in the floor exercise.

2012

2012 was not a good year for Maksiuta. At the 2012 Gymnastics Olympic Test Event she won a silver medal on the vault and a bronze medal on the balance beam. After that she competed in the Grand Prix Cottbus and only won a silver medal on the balance beam. She competed at the 2012 European Women's Artistic Gymnastics Championships, but only managed fourth place on the vault and 8th place on the balance beam.

At the 2012 Summer Olympics Maksiuta finished last in the preliminaries, after stumbling and falling off most of the apparatus. It was described as one of the worst performances of an Israeli gymnast as well as below-par disappointing, and Maksiuta herself described it as awful.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
2001Ukrainian Championships1st
2005Maccabiah Games1st
Stella Zakharova Cup1st1st3rd
Izmir Summer Universiade6152nd
2006Stella Zakharova Cup1st
2007Stella Zakharova Cup2nd
Voronin Cup2nd
2009Maccabiah Games2nd1st2nd
Israeli Championships2nd
Stella Zakharova Cup3rd1st2nd
Scherbo Cup2nd
Osijek World Cup53rd
2010Scherbo Cup2nd
Voronin Cup3rd2nd
2011Belarus Cup1st1st1st3rd
Ghent World Cup2nd
Israeli Championships2nd2nd2nd1st2nd
Maribor World Cup1st2nd2nd
Osijek World Cup1st3rd
Ostrava World Cup1st1st3rd
Scherbo Cup1st1st1st1st
Voronin Cup3rd1st2nd3rd
2012London Olympic Test Event2nd3rd
Cottbus World Cup2nd
Brussels European Championships48

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